About the Area

About the Area
The Northern Kentucky area (also referred to as "Southern Cincinnati") is unique because it offers both the fast-paced excitement of the big city and the relaxed lifestyle and quiet beauty of Kentucky's rolling hills. The slower pace of small communities makes this area a very pleasant place to call home where friendliness is just a way of life here. You can enjoy big-city amenities and hometown charm.

Directly across the river is Cincinnati, Ohio ("Northern Side of Cincinnati"), which is a vibrant destination on the scenic Ohio River, known for its major league sports and world-class arts and culture. At first glance, it is the city's distinctive skyline rising up from the stately Ohio River that captures one's attention. Beyond the beautiful landscape, however, the region boasts a rich history and cultural heritage and has struck a compelling balance between its storied past and resurgent present.

Connecting the Two Sides
John A. Roebling Bridge
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1975, the John A. Roebling (blue, suspension) Bridge was built from 1856-1866 at a cost of 1.8 million dollars to connect Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. It served as a prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge and today is a beloved and well-traversed regional landmark.

Purple People Bridge
This Ohio River pedestrian-only bridge, one of only a few in the U.S., crosses from the south bank of Cincinnati, OH to the north bank of Newport, KY. Built in 1872 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the bridge was beautifully restored and re-opened in 2003 as a pedestrian-only bridge providing breathtaking views of the Ohio riverfront year-around and serving as a popular venue for a wide variety of public and private events.

Things to Do in Northern Kentucky ("Southern Cincinnati")
BB Riverboats
Sightseeing, lunch, brunch, dinner and specialty menu dinner cruises featuring music, entertainment and themed cruises.

Behringer-Crawford Museum The Home for Northern Kentucky's Heritage
Visit an historic 1848 home and travel through the region's history along rivers, roads, rails and runways thru artifacts and interactive displays and activities. Climb the Roebling Bridge and pilot a packet boat along the Ohio River; stop in at the drive-in theater and enjoy the show in a 1959 Buick and soar through the development of the International Airport. Other exhibits feature prehistoric, Civil War and Underground Railroad artifacts.

MainStrasse Village
Designated as a national historic district, this 19th century German neighborhood features unique shops & galleries, a variety of excellent restaurants, pubs and entertainment options for live music including rooftop Jazz, authentic Dixieland and more. Throughout the year, the village also hosts several festivals as well as gallery hops, holiday celebrations, pub crawls, antiques markets and more.

Railway Museum of Greater Cincinnati
Non-profit organization working to preserve historic rail artifacts - features self-guided tours of Pullman sleepers, engine cars, cabooses, engine cars, troop carriers and more.

Riverside Drive Historic District
A 13-block walking tour and historic area - Civil War homes, carriage houses and buildings accredited with the National Register of Historic Places.

Riverwalk Statue Tour
Self-guided walking tour through the Licking Riverside Historic District features several life-like bronze figures installed along the Riverwalk - among them, Roebling Suspension and Brooklyn bridge designer, James A. Roebling, James Bradley and painter John James Audubon.

Things to Do in Cincinnati, Ohio
Carew Tower Observation Deck
Outdoor rooftop observation deck atop the tallest building in Cincinnati.

Coney Island
Over 50 classic amusement park rides and attractions and the giant, one-of-a-kind, Sunlite Pool - the world's largest re-circulating swimming pool featuring over 2 acres and 3 million gallons of water fun including flumes, slides and water fun. Group outings and catered picnics are a Coney Island specialty. Live stage shows & music, beautifully landscaped grounds and paddle boats on Lake Como.

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Inside the enormous and historic Union Terminal building, a magnificently preserved, Art Deco landmark built in 1933 as a passenger railroad terminal, is an award-winning complex of distinct museums and attractions including the Cincinnati History Museum, the Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater, along with special exhibitions, exhibits, events and much more.

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum
Changing exhibits, player appearances, interactive exhibits, hall of records, memorabilia & artifacts, salute to Reds radio, videos, and much more tell about the history of the Cincinnati Reds.

Harriet Beecher Stowe House
For nearly 20 years, this was the home of the legendary abolitionist, and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe and her family were active as religious leaders, educators, writers, and anti-slavery and women's rights advocates. See attraction website for hours of operation.

Lloyd Library & Museum
100+ year old private library includes historic, archival and current information on the subjects of natural history, botany, pharmacy and medicine. Their Historical Research Center for the Natural Health Movement is a vast repository for the archives and personal papers of those involved in both scientific and grass roots efforts to bring natural health (naturopathic healing and alternative medicine) into the mainstream.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Exhibits, programs, research and interactive experiences promoting collaborative learning and dialogue, and bringing to life the importance - and relevance - of struggles for freedom around the world and throughout history, including today.

River Downs Thoroughbred Race Track
Live horse racing Tuesday through Sunday, in season -- with simulcast racing 7 days a week.

Taft Museum of Art
National Historic Landmark and home to an extensive art collection including European and American master paintings and Chinese porcelains as well as temporary special exhibitions on varied themes. Open Wednesday-Sunday with free admission on Sundays.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site
From the time of his birth in 1857 until he embarked on a political career that would win him the two highest offices in the nation, William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the U.S., lived in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Getting around Downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky by foot is fast and enjoyable. Take a stroll across the Ohio River on the Purple People or Roebling Suspension Bridges. Both provide pedestrians stunning views and convenient access to the region's most popular venues on the Riverfront including restaurants, Great American Ballpark, Newport on the Levee and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The South Bank Shuttle
Connecting the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to all of the exciting attractions and hotels along the Ohio River and in Downtown Cincinnati. Each ride is only $1!

Connecting Covington's riverfront and Downtown Cincinnati to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG! Each ride is only $1.75!

Community Yellow Cab
Dual licensed in Ohio & in Kentucky

Executive Transportation Services, Inc.
Private Sedan, Shared Shuttle Ride, and Group Van options




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